Thursday, January 5, 2012

Goals + sugar detox, day four

Is it just me, or does it seem like everyone is really fired up reaching their health and fitness goals in 2012? I do not remember this sort of enthusiasm in years past, but maybe that is because I wasn't reading tweets or following other paleo folks on Facebook. In any case, I think it is awesome and I don't want to miss out -- so I created some goals of my own.

Short-term goals
1. Complete the 21-Day Sugar Detox with absolutely zero deviation from the level three plan.
2. Blog about the sugar detox progress every day, even if that means writing silly haiku posts.
3. Try out the local pilates studio. I love pilates and, while I did have one great personal training session with April over at Urban Pilates several months ago, I haven't had many pilates opportunities in recent years. I recently discovered, though, that there is a local place with reformer and mat classes and I am going to check it out asap! If I like it, I hope to make it a regular thing (I loved Urban Pilates, but it is too far for me to drive on a regular basis).
4. Use our at-home TRX (handmade by Carl!) once each week. Right now, I can't get to the gym nearly as much as I would like ... this will help me get an extra workout in. I'll just have to find the time. Maybe while the baby is napping?

Long-term goals
1. Do at least one pull-up, unassisted
2. Climb the rope! I've never been able to climb ropes, even in 3rd grade. I will do this before I turn 40.
3. Lose all of the baby weight (as much as I want to make this a short-term goal, I don't want to obsess over it -- especially while breastfeeding).
4. Get back into shape for running. We did a really tough benchmark workout today that involved three 400m runs and, well, I was dying. I am not sure exactly how I will tackle this goal, but I probably won't think about it too hard for a couple of months. I'm a fair-weather runner, and right now it is just too wet and cold for me.

My plan is to accomplish the short-term goals by the end of January. As for the longer term ones, I will work on this list throughout the year (every month, I'll make new short-term goals that will help me achieve the long-term ones).

OK, and now on to the second goal on the short-term list ...

Today is day four of the 21-day sugar detox. Dare I say that when I woke up this morning, the inflammation in my hands that has been bothering me for weeks seemed ... better? Not completely better, but improved. I'm kinda nervous even putting this down because I don't want to get my hopes up. All I know is I did not take Advil this morning (for the first time in a while). Yahoo! I'm also feeling maybe just a little bit lighter and like the baby bulge is very slowly starting to melt away (I did not feel like this a week ago). My longing for dark chocolate and the sweetness of berries, pears and oranges is pretty much gone, and I've managed to put together decent dinners every night this week. I even made kale chips for the first time (loved them)! I feel like I'm on a roll. The next 17 days? PIECE. OF. CAKE.


  1. What are you doing with the little one when you go to work out? This has been my biggest barrier to getting back into the gym. CrossFIt type gyms just don't seem to have child minding here.

    I can go in the evening when J gets home, but by then I am usually so exhausted that all I want to do is veg... that and I work a couple of evenings each week, which pretty much makes evening gym time an impossibility on those days.

    I'm thinking that I might try (gasp!) early morning workouts once we get Oliver's sleep sorted out.

  2. We have a schedule worked out that is going pretty well. On Thursdays, I have a friend who comes over to watch her for a few hours while I go to the gym and do other errands/chores in the afternoon. On Tuesdays, I go after Carl gets home from work. On Monday nights, we meet at the gym when his class is ending and mine is beginning to trade off. We're very fortunate though, because our gym is right across the street from Carl's work and both are only about five minutes from home so that helps a lot in terms of timing. I've been thinking about early morning workouts, too, though. I'm not a morning person, but as long as she asleep it might make more sense.


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